Jeff  Carter

Earlier this year, casino magnate Steve Wynn ripped Obama in conference call with shareholders and analysts (Wynn CEO Goes On Epic Anti-Obama Rant On Company Conference Call) saying:

And I'm saying it bluntly, that this administration is the greatest wet blanket to business, and progress and job creation in my lifetime. And I can prove it and I could spend the next 3 hours giving you examples of all of us in this market place that are frightened to death about all the new regulations, our healthcare costs escalate, regulations coming from left and right. A President that seems, that keeps using that word redistribution. Well, my customers and the companies that provide the vitality for the hospitality and restaurant industry, in the United States of America, they are frightened of this administration.And it makes you slow down and not invest your money. Everybody complains about how much money is on the side in America.


It's worth noting that Wynn says he's a Democrat and supported Harry Reid in the last election.

See: You CAN sometimes learn things about companies when you listen to earnings calls. Here is the latest from Steve Wynn's newest conference call ($WYNN).

At 4:05 Wynn says, “Optimism in China and Pessimism in America”. He is referring to his casino business.

But later at 45:06 he reflects on Occupy Wall Street and big government. Among other things, he says (47:07),

I am watching my employees standard of living drop off because of deficits. I think that the American public is beginning to make the connection between deficits and their own loss of the standard…

I say right now that the Democratic agenda of spend and bribe the public has bankrupt this country, and until it stops, the citizens of this country are in for more hard times. And fancy speeches aren’t going to change that. Only a fundamental realization that citizens are going to have to take real, sophisticated responsibility for how we allocate the resources of this country.”

I am watching my employees standard of living drop off because of deficits. I think that the American public is beginning to make the connection between deficits and their own loss of the standard.

People are being paid in dollars on the way to 7 cent dollars, and answer though I have given two cost of living increase toss my employees, I’m upgrading losses in America, plus I’ve been able to get some money from the cap. I have not been able to keep up with the effect of deficits on the living standard of my employees.

The net result of all of this is frustration, anxiety, and anger. You’re seeing that on Occupy Wall Street. You can see it taken to the next level in Greece where people are trying to break into a parliament, primarily controlled by the unions. There comes a moment when the population realizes that it has to stop and sometimes it takes a form of tax the rich people which is, you know, a reflection more of a lack of understanding of how the economy works.

After listening to this call, I don’t think there is any doubt over where Steve Wynn sees growth, and where he will be investing his shareholder money.

The opportunity costs of investing in Nevada-which has a 0% tax rate-are too high. Why? Regulation, big government, and poor fiscal management by government agencies.

Some earnings calls are enlightening


Jeff Carter

Jeffrey Carter is an independent speculator. He has been trading since 1988. His blog site, Points and Figures was named by Minyanville as one of The 20 Most Influential Blogs in Financial Media.